What is our goal?

AAHN
By AAHN Latest Reply 2014-06-17 08:00:02 -0500
Started 2014-06-15 11:33:27 -0500

I'm type 1. Being diabetic (type 1 or 2), what are we trying to achieve? I hear the word exercise why? Are we trying to use as little medication as possible? If I want to have a big meal, I could just use the "right" amount of insulin and I'm good to go. HELP…


7 replies

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2014-06-17 08:00:02 -0500 Report

An excellent question!

Our "goal" survival, with a side-order of thriving!

Diabetes is not all or who we are… We exercise because we cannot lay in bed all day and do nothing with our lives all day long. We get out of bed, perform many actions, some for health, some for pure pleasure. others because we work and live.

Exercise can be a part of any of these things, and more. It is necessary, if we are alive?!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-15 17:17:15 -0500 Report

My goal is to be as healthy as possible. As a T2, my goal is the same as Steve's. If it means diet and exercise then that is what it is going to take to achieve my goal. My health is very important to me so I am going to take care of it to the best of my ability.

If you want to eat big meals then shoot insulin, the end result is even more complications because you are going to gain weight. Controlling diabetes means being responsible and eating the proper meals is part of that responsibility. If I eat a big meal, I am going to do a lot of walking.

AAHN
AAHN 2014-06-15 18:00:52 -0500 Report

Does it matter when you exercise. Let say you know a big meal is coming. Would you exercise before or after your meal?

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-06-15 12:38:14 -0500 Report

As a type 2 my goal is an A1c < 5.7, fasting bgl < 100, 2 hour postprandial bgl < 120 … be off all diabetes medication, and avoid any further complications.

Steve

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-15 11:56:11 -0500 Report

My goal is to stay in balance and be in control of my diabetes. That means achieving good A1c's and BG readings. Because I'm Type 1, I will always need to inject or pump insulin. Yes, I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, by just dosing my insulin to handle the carbs I eat BUT, this behavior would lead to weight gain and, ultimately, obesity, and decreased insulin sensitivity, with the greater likelihood of complications. Right now, after 38 years with diabetes, I consider myself to be in very good health because I manage my condition by following a low-carb diet (120 grams of carb per day). My last A1c was 6.8 and I expect the one in July will be lower. I have also just joined a health club and will begin to exercise more regularly which should help maintain and maybe even improve my control.